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  • In 1944, Rodney L. Hurst, Sr. was born. He grew up primarily in Jacksonville, Florida. Throughout his life, he frequently traveled between Jacksonville, Florida, and Aiken, South Carolina. His mother, Janelle "Jan" Saunders Wilson, and grandmother, Lizzie Foreman Williams, educated him. Mr. Hurst has a sister called Joan as well. He was a book writer and wrote multiple books in his lifetime. His most recent book, "Never Forget Who You Are: Conversations about Racism and Identity Development", discusses Racism and identity development through his eyes and Dr. Jamison's eyes. It is the national website and book reviewer Readers View's 2021 Nonfiction "Book of the Year" and its 2021 Grand Prize Winner. He also wrote "Unless WE Tell It…It Never Gets Told!", "It was never about a hot dog and a Coke®!", which was his first-ever book, and has a documentary based on his book "Ax Handle Saturday: 50 Years Later". Hurst's leadership as a teenager during the Civil Rights Movement is also the topic of a chapter in the Scholastic book Ten True Tales: Young Civil Rights Heroes, which is aimed at children aged 8 to 12.